Istanbul Modern Cinema has initiated a new project titled “Masters of Cinema in Turkey”. The first guest for this series, which is devoted to founding directors of cinema in Turkey, is Lütfi Akad, who has come to be known as the “masterless master” and is a pioneer of the period referred to as the “Filmmakers’ Era” in the history of cinema in Turkey.
An archive exhibition will be presented within the scope of the project commemorating the director’s 100th birthday. Taking a look at the cinema of Lütfi Akad, whose filmography and 95-year life reflect the story of Turkish cinema, the exhibition which will be held in the cinema foyer brings together 100 pieces of archive material such as production stills, film stills, original scripts, and posters from Akad’s filmography that had not seen the light of day until now. This material is accompanied by the director’s words to describe his films. Akad’s aptitude for observation can be seen not just in his films but in his memoirs as well. Shedding light on the birth of Yeşilçam and its conditions, his writings and interviews serve as the narrator of this exhibition.
A film program will be presented in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection consists of 10 films including Vurun Kahpeye (Strike the Whore, 1949), Akad’s first film, and Dört Mevsim İstanbul (Four Seasons of Istanbul, 1990), the documentary, for which he stepped behind the camera for the last time in 1990 and which was lost for many years.